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Doesn't have to be especially virulent bacteria - just getting a wound infected makes for a nasty week. Do what I say, not what I do. :)
 

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Any small cuts on your hands and a fish tank are a bad idea.
Washing hands after working with tanks is always a good idea.

You can also get bacterial infections in your eye from splashes of water.

I wash my hands/arms with soap. I use alcohol gel afterwards.
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I hate getting my arms in the tanks - I have psoriasis on them and I worry about infections, even with washing right after. I also worry that I will forget if I have meds or lotion on my skin & go into a tank without washing them off. One day I'll kill my fish! My best friend is a stained glass artist and she always has small glass cuts on her hands. She's also a retired nurse so when I show her this she will freak out - lol.
 

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There are 2 types of gloves available.
One is a disposable, thin, flexible glove. It is shoulder length. Veterinarians use them for large animals.
The other is a much sturdier, long lasting glove. Designed for use with salt water tanks that have sharp corals.
I have the last sort. My arms sweated so much the fingers of the gloves were full of sweat after working just one tank!
 

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I just trust my strong immune system. I'm no germaphobe nor abuser of drugs.
 
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